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Zaragoza
04-04-2008, 12:23 PM
http://www.atptennis.com/1/en/2008news/murray_corretja.asp

British No. 1 Andy Murray has enlisted the services of two-time Roland Garros finalist and former World No. 2 Alex Corretja for the European clay court season, beginning in April with the VI Open de Tenis Comunidad Valenciana in Spain.

The 34-year-old Corretja will work alongside Miles Maclagan and physical trainer Matt Little for the nine week stretch which includes the three ATP Master Series events in Monte-Carlo, Rome and Hamburg and concludes with Roland Garros.

"It's great for me to be able to work with a clay court specialist like Alex," said Murray, who has a 4-9 career record on the surface. "He had a fantastic career and I am looking forward to learning from his experiences."

Murray was limited to just two clay tournaments last season, stricken by injuries at both; he hurt his back during his first round doubles match at Masters Series Monte-Carlo, and in his first match back at Hamburg, was forced to retire with a right wrist injury and missed the next three months.

Corretja said: "I have watched Andy play several times over the last couple of years and in particular his close match against [Rafael] Nadal in Madrid in October and saw that he has tremendous potential to play well on all surfaces and I am flattered to have been asked to be part of his team during the clay court season."

The Spaniard compiled a 292-148 clay record with 10 titles during his professional tennis career, including a win at the ATP Masters Series event in Rome in 1997. He finished as runner-up at Roland Garros in 1998 to Carlos Moya and again in 2001 to Gustavo Kuerten.

Vision84
04-04-2008, 01:10 PM
I hope this is coming out of Murray's pockets and not the LTAs.

daddy
04-04-2008, 01:19 PM
I hope this is coming out of Murray's pockets and not the LTAs.


Excuse my ignorance but is it possible it is coming from LTAs fundings ? That would be unthinkable in my country for example, so I am wondering.

Vision84
04-04-2008, 01:26 PM
Excuse my ignorance but is it possible it is coming from LTAs fundings ? That would be unthinkable in my country for example, so I am wondering.

It wouldn't surprise me. I seem to remember people complaining about one of the problems with the lta is that they are putting to much of their money into Andy Murray and paying for Gilbert when he was his coach. I could be confused with something else though.

jmsx521
04-04-2008, 05:11 PM
Murray needs to watch out when they get on the clay courts and start practicing.

Tshooter
04-04-2008, 08:23 PM
"Excuse my ignorance but is it possible it is coming from LTAs fundings "

Very likely they are paying a portion. They were paying for Gilbert. The USTA picked up a nice chunk of Connors coaching fee for Roddick. You wouldn't believe what Connors was getting paid. And good luck finding out how much the USTA paid. They bury it in their regulatory filings.

maverick66
04-05-2008, 12:50 AM
good move by him. with clay court season coming up he goes out and gets one of the best claycourters ever. murray has so much talent its amazing but he has a bad brain. i laugh when they call him a smart player when hes thrown away how many matches by throwing a fit.